Pine Canyon is a break out painting for me. It is STILL playing with paper and texture and pattern, with a bit more abstract and more color! At first it may be so strange to see something so different from some of my previous work like my Mountain Meadow through Aspen Eyes, but it still holds some of the same elements...just a bit less realistic, and more toward the abstract. Much of this painting is done with pallet knife, the rocks just demanded it of me! I still have paper and pattern and texture, I've just ramped up the color and contemporary feel I think. My 101 Pet Portraits project helped me to feel better about playing with color.
Remember, an artist MUST grow to stay alive and keep the inspiration flowing. I STILL love working with my aspen like in Mountain Meadow through Aspen Eyes, but I also have a great need to change a bit and grow, and this painting is the beginning of that process. Either method is valuable, and each will appeal to a different collector, but both hold value in the process of creating art from the soul!
This gives you an idea of the size in relation to furniture and such. The chest is a nightstand size.
This painting was created on a gallery wrap 1.5" deep canvas. I enjoy making the cradles, but also love painting on canvas at times. You can see I've painted the sides, so it can be hung as is, or for the collector that loves frames, that can also happen. They make frames that work for these deeper canvases...a floater frame would work well for this painting as well.
I still LOVE pattern as much as texture...so I've added it in the sky. This gives it a contemporary feel. And, I love working like this!
to me, once I layed in the rocks up higher, it didn't need that full disclosure all the way down. The abstract feel of this is very exciting! You can see I've got a bit of paper under the paint...a tiny bit of writing shows through, and you can see I've repeated the hexagon pattern down below in a much more subtle way.
I will have this painting in person at SUMMER ART MARKET this June 13-14 if it does not sell before, so I hope you can find me at booth #54!